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  • European Design Guide for Surface Tensile Structures


    IASS 2004 ConferenceMontpellier (France) 20/09/2004 > 24/09/2004

    41st Annual SES Technical Meeting SymposiumLincoln, Nebraska 10/10/2004 > 13/10/2004

    IFAI Expo 2004 ExhibitionPittsburgh 27/10/2004 > 29/10/2004

    2nd Latin American Symposium SymposiumCaracas (Venezuela) 04/05/2005 > 06/05/2005

    Techtextil Frankfurt Trade FairFrankfurt (Germany) 07/06/2005 > 09/06/2005

    F o r t h c o m i n g E v e n t s

    The European Design Guide for Surface Tensile Structures has been publishedin August 2004. The design guide contains the following chapters:

    Introduction John Chilton, Brian ForsterEngineered fabric architecture Brain Forster, Marijke MollaertForm Jrgen Bradatsch, Peter Ptzold, Cristiana Saboia de

    Freitas, Rudi Scheuermann, Juan Monjo, Marijke Mollaert

    Internal Environment John Chilton, Rainer Blum, Thibaut Devulder, Peter Rutherford

    Detailing and Connections Rogier Houtmann, Harmen WerkmanStructural design basis and safety criteria Mike Barnes, Brian Forster,

    Mike DencherDesign loading conditions Markus Balz, Mike DencherForm-finding, load analysis and patterning Mike Barnes, Lothar Grndig,

    Erik MoncrieffMaterial properties and testing Rainer Blum, Heidrun Bgner, Guy NmozFabrication, installation and maintenance Klaus Gipperich, Roberto

    Canobbio, Stefania Lombardi, Marc Malinowsky

    The design guide contains the following appendices:

    Cp Values for simple tensile structure shapes, Mike Dencher, Markus BalzCp values for open roof stadiums, Markus Balz, Mike BarnesTesting methods and standards, Rainer Blum, Heidrun Bgner, Guy NmozAn Example of the application of the testing procedure described in Appendix A3 on a PTFE coated glass fabric, Rainer Blum,

    Heidrun Bgner, Klaus Gipperich, Sean Seery

    The European Design Guide for Surface Tensile Structures (2004), the Proceedings of the TensiNet Symposium (2003) and of the Design of membrane and lightweight structures Symposium (2000)can be ordered on line :

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    European Design Guide for Surface Tensile Structures (2004) 100Proceedings of the TensiNet Symposium (2003) 60Design of membrane and lightweight structures Symposium (2000) 40

    The following packages can be ordered at reduced prices:

    European Design Guide + Proceedings of the TensiNet Symposium (2003) + Design of membrane and lightweight structures Symposium (2000) 150European Design Guide + Proceedings of the TensiNet Symposium (2003) 130

    If you order any of these publications at the same time as registering as a TensiNet member the cost of the older publications is reduced by 50% and the cost of the Design Guide is reduced by 20%:

    European Design Guide + Proceedings of the TensiNet Symposium (2003) + Design of membrane and lightweight structures Symposium (2000) 130European Design Guide + Proceedings of the TensiNet Symposium (2003) 110European Design Guide for Surface Tensile Structures (2004) 80

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  • Umbrellas for the Chamber of Commerce,

    Wrzburg In the inner courtyard of the Chamber of Commerce at Wrzburgthree extraordinary umbrellas were installed, offering an impressivesight. Each umbrella has a height of approximately 13 m and the totalcovered area is approximately 475 m2. The biggest umbrella has anedge length of 14 m x 14 m. The funnel shape, which often is used indesert areas to collect rain, also has the advantage that it can drainthe surface rain via the posts, thus avoiding costly drainage systems.

    The main sub-structure of the roof consists of clamped steel postsand a fine frame fixed on the posts by horizontal and sloped struts.The extremely demanding tensioning process of the posts was carriedout via the top plate into the ceiling of the underground parking spacedirectly beneath.

    Due to the use of ETFE-foil for these umbrellas their appearance isvery filigree and light. A cable-net integrated in the ETFE-foilstransmits the external loading to the frame and post.


    Membrane structure: Three transparent funnel-shaped umbrellas,

    consisting of ETFE-foils

    Primary structure: Steel columns

    Location: Inner courtyard of the Chamber of Commerce, Wrzburg

    End of project: October 2003

    Client: Chamber of Commerce, Wrzburg-Schweinfurt

    Architects: Architekten BDA, Prof. Franz Gger/Georg Redelbach

    Realization of membrane Structure: covertex GmbH, Obing

    Technical data membrane Roof area: approx. 475 m2

    Number of layers: 1

    Thickness of foil: ETFE 200 m printed with dots

    Tensile strength: 52 N/mm2

    Fire class: DIN 4102 - B1

    Architect: Peter Ptzold

    Manufacturer: Peter Ptzold together with Jakob Frick Baumodelle

    Dimensions: Height: 2.6 m, Diameter 2.3 m, Covered area 4.2 m2

    Material: Aluminium mast, galvanized steel foot, plywood,

    PU coated PES fabric (light spinnaker fabric)

    Ventilator: 12 V, 125 m3/h, solar module and battery, 5W

    For an election campaign aninnovative, expressive andmobile booth was needed for aparty as an alternative for thenormally used umbrellas andtables. The pneumatic boothfulfils all the requirements: it ismobile and light, expressive andconvertible. On the top of analuminium mast with anintegrated round table themembrane is connected over akind of hub. At the top of thishub the ventilator is located.Inside the mast are the electricalcables and the rainwaterdrainage. The foot of the boothis a standard footing for marketumbrellas. The whole boothcan be demounted within

    5 minutes into manageablepieces, transportable in a smallcar or by hand.This inflating pneumaticbubble is an eye-catcher andan attraction. In less than 2 minutes the pneumaticstructure is totally inflated by asolar powered ventilator. The ventilator is regulated by atwo-step switch, which reducedthe air volume after the bubbleis totally inflated. The high translucency of themembrane material allows thepneumatic balloon to glowunder the influence of brightsunlight. For use during thenight appropriate lighting canbe installed inside.

    Mobile andconvertible booth for

    election campaign

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    A mobile tent structure forms anelegant and charming cover forthe existing grandstand of theScherenburgfestspiele inGmnden above the River Main.A light translucent membraneroof provides shelter from windand rain for the spectatorsduring the theatre summerfestival without destroying theopen air athmosphere that thisplace is well known for. Andbeing well integrated with thehistorical red sandstone ruins ofthe old castle this white strechedtextile roof creates anarchitecturally unique situationfor the theatre play. Also, itsattractive silhouette forms thenew symbol for thesummerfestival, that can be seenfrom far out in the valley.

    One interesting aspect of thisproject is the first officialapplication of the TensinetDesign Guide as a technicalreference for the engineering andthe approval procedure of thistent structure with the TV,which is the authorizedassociation for technicalsupervision in Germany.

    The membrane roof issupported by two internallylocated lattice masts (10.5mheight), which were positionedwithin the existing grandstand atthe edge of the upper stairways.The position and the form ofthe lattice mast provide acomfortable and safe situationfor the movement of the publicand also create the minimumdisturbance for the visibility ofthe spectators. Each one ofthese main masts supports twolattice outrigger beams. Thisoutrigger system provides theroof with structuralindependence regarding theadjacent historical building andallows the great span towardsthe stage. The lattice steelstructures also provide new well-positioned supports fortechnical illuminationequipment.

    For the membrane itself aTenera 3T20 fabric is used. Thisis a 100% Fluorpolyme